Donovan Storey, Udan Fernando: Small cities are ‘key’ to South Asia’s urban future
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Donovan Storey, Udan Fernando: Small cities are ‘key’ to South Asia’s urban future

[COLOMBO] South Asia’s medium-sized and secondary cities, rather than its megacities, will determine whether urban development succeeds or fails in the region says a UN report. The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015, released in October 2015 by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and … Continue reading

Donovan Storey, Sudarshana Fernando: Turning waste into resources in Sri Lanka
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Donovan Storey, Sudarshana Fernando: Turning waste into resources in Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] An integrated resource recovery centre (IRRC) model, which uses composting, recycling and bio-digestion, offers an inexpensive solution to the escalating problem of waste management in Sri Lanka, say the authors of a new Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) publication. The island nation’s cities face multiple waste management challenges arising … Continue reading

Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile
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Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka has made significant progress on maternal and child health but falls short on critical health services for vulnerable women, sexual minorities, the country’s at-risk population and those who live in former conflict areas, say the authors of a country profile on sexual and reproductive health. This two-part report on Universal Access to … Continue reading

Salman Siddiqui:  The drone buzz over Sri Lanka
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Salman Siddiqui: The drone buzz over Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] High spatial resolution images captured by drones are bettering those generated by satellites, and enabling researchers in Sri Lanka to study crop health and irrigation in greater detail. A team of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been testing the Swiss-manufactured eBee, or Electronic Bee in the skies above the Anuradhapura district, this … Continue reading

Yann Chemin: Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall
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Yann Chemin: Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall

Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data. Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS) automatically. The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials — at US$250, they are … Continue reading

Ajit De Alwis, Anushka Wijesinha,  Gehan Amaratunga: Sri Lanka launches office to foster innovation
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Ajit De Alwis, Anushka Wijesinha, Gehan Amaratunga: Sri Lanka launches office to foster innovation

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka plans to boost its science, technology and innovation (STI) strategy through a newly created, state-funded organisation that is dedicated to building a conducive atmosphere among all stakeholders. Ajit De Alwis, project director at the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation launched last month (1 February), told SciDev.Net that the organisation’s mandate was to “ensure effective coordination and … Continue reading

Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Malik Ranasinghe, Shantha Lenadora, Indresri Karunathilaka, Dhammika Rathnayake: Individual innovators thrive in Sri Lanka
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Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Malik Ranasinghe, Shantha Lenadora, Indresri Karunathilaka, Dhammika Rathnayake: Individual innovators thrive in Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka’s innovators need state recognition and funding to foster an innovation culture, a meeting has heard. “Our inventors need state recognition, society’s appreciation and funding to commercialise their ideas,” Tissa Vitharana, Sri Lanka’s senior minister for science, said at a ceremony to award the country’s innovators last month (17 Oct) in Colombo. Despite limited government support … Continue reading